Today I thought of a scene from The Devil Wears Prada, the one where Meryl Streep’s icy Miranda Priestly schools her dowdy assistant Andy (Anne Hathaway) on the influence that high fashion has on everyday American life.
Remember Andy’s cerulean blue sweater?
The color, Miranda says, walked down a runway long before it ever found its way to a major retail store.
That scene left a total impression on me… Now, as I try to follow beauty trends, I’m always fascinated by how many color and style trends begin life on a runway.
Take Essie’s new nail polish collection, Art of Spring…
I’m told that Essie Weingarten, founder and president of the brand, based the colors on the trends she saw emerging on spring’s catwalks.
Over and over, she saw soft, feminine silks and tulle designs (a lightweight, very fine netting) in lilac, rose and cerise (a deep to vivid purplish red) — together, the inspirations for Essie Art of Spring, a collection of six creamy shades ($8 each).
Pretty, yah? I love the concept and can’t wait to see them in person.
How to get kick-arse nails: Tips from Essie Weingarten
- To make your mani/pedi last, start with a base coat like First Base ($8). Base coats can dramatically increase the lifespan of painted nails (sometimes by weeks).
- Patience is a virtue! Wait a good two minutes between coats to let your polish set.
- Seal in color with a top coat (another way to “make it last”) like Good to Go! ($10).
- Give your mani/pedi a second wind and radiant shine with a coat of Shine-E ($15) applied a few days later.
The new Art of Spring colors will join the Essie polish family on counters in February, but they’re already available online. Oh, and if you’re a girl who likes options, keep your eyes out for Art of Spring’s 4-piece mini set with wee bottles of Pop Art Pink, Lilacism, Tart Deco and Red Nouveau.
What would you get?
Are you (and your nails) ready for another installment of my favorite Friday night beauty game?
Your nail polish mission, should you choose to accept it: Choose three of the Essie Art of Spring polishes to take home in a virtual haul. Vote your picks in the poll, and tell me your reasoning in the comments.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Have fun tonight! I’m about to grab a quick bite to eat with El Hub (pizza), but I don’t want to be out too late… I have a second date with Mr. Sandman shortly before midnight. I double booked!